The greatness of Richard Strauss lies in the way in which he maintained his romanticism in music, even while being part of one of the most chaotic ages of world history. In an age which was dominated by jet engines, television and atom bomb, Strauss established a very successful music career with numerous operas, orchestras, tone poems, ballet music and symphonies. His contributions to 20th century music were undeniably immense that they made him a great influencing force as well as a glorious summation of late romanticism. The fact that he enjoyed a successful career as a composer and internationally acclaimed conductor, and worked with some of the most prominent composers, artists and writers of his time is a testimony to his genius. The immense success which he enjoyed in the post-war era however faded as his physical and mental health deteriorated witnessing the unfortunate political turmoil and the consequent division of Germany.